Author: K.N. Panikkar
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 978-0-19-568153-6
How did resistance to colonialism form a source of alternative modernity in India? Why did the process fail to strike roots? Building upon four decades of serious research, this unique collection discusses different forms of resistance to colonialism and their role in the formation of alternative modernity. It also provides an engaging account of the development of political and cultural consciousness in the subcontinent.
Based on a variety of sources, in both English and regional languages, this volume provides a new interpretation of the intellectual and cultural history of colonial India. It will interest historian, sociologists, cultural theorists, and philosophers, especially those concerned with the history of ideas and India’s intellectual and cultural past.
Professor Panikkar's essays on colonialism and culture have been seminal and insightful. The present collection explore among other themes, the making of colonial hegemony and the resistance to it through cultural forms, thus making visible new and thoughtful histroical perspectives.
- Romila Thapar, Emeritus Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University
In a fast changing intellectual climate, K N Panikar has stood his ground with remarkable tenacity. He is our foremost historian who has, for well over four decades, explore the social histories of south India from a Marxiam perspective. This volume bears testimony, if it were evfer needed, to his scholarship.
- Mushirul Hasan, Vice Chancellor and Professor of Modern Indian History, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
1. Colonialism and Cultural Change
2. Formation of Cultural Consciousness
3. Culture as Ideology
4. Culture in the Making of Nationalism
5. Cultural Pasts and National Identity
6. The 'Great' Shoe Question: Tradition, Legitimacy, and
Power in Colonial India
7. Search for Alternatives: Meaning of the Past in Colonial
8. Whatever Happened to the Renaissance in India?
9. Novel as Colonial Narrative
10. Creating a New Cultural Taste
11. Indigenous Medicine and Cultural Hegemony
12. Revolt of Velu Tampi
13. Agrarian Legislation and Social Classes
14. Peasant Resistance and Revolts in Malabar
15. History Textbooks: Narratives of Religious Nationalism